City of Buffalo, Mo. earns community award

BUFFALO, Mo. -- The community of Buffalo, Mo. just received the title of a Community of the Year.

This is the first time the community of Buffalo applied for the Missouri Community Betterment award. They won the grand prize.

In its application, the city highlighted several efforts happening in the Buffalo area over the last couple of years. They include a community beautification effort called Helping Hands, where people volunteer to clean up yards for those who need the help. They also highlighted the Dallas County Fair livestock show, the Hillbillies and Hot rods event they hold a few times a year in Buffalo, and the youth Bison fishing team. They also showcased the old Home Place concert series that is held in the Maple and Main coffee shop on the Buffalo Square. The small business brings in singer-songwriters from all over the country once a month.

Community leaders say the award is the result of all of these positive efforts, and city, county and school leaders working together, as well as the hard work of volunteers.

"it is something that Buffalo has needed for a long time," said Mayor Brandon Kenall. "We have a lot of things in place that we want to keep in place, but we just want to improve and enhance those things. Also, several other new projects that are coming up and stuff that we've done in the last couple of years really just goes to show why we're one of the more exciting communities to be involved in or be around and live in."

Buffalo gets to keep the Community of the Year trophy for one year.